HUCTW* member & activist Johany Pilar sued Harvard for sexual harassment, gender bias and retaliation when she was repeatedly grabbed by a co-worker and disciplined for reporting it. She was promoted 3 salary grades, and the discipline was rescinded, after a campaign which featured picketing and public pressure . Recently HUMS** managers have renewed their retaliation against Johany, yelling at her that she is a “trouble-maker,” physically holding the door to prevent her from leaving a closed room, and hassling her about doctors’ appointments. Let’s stand up for Johany!
Supporters will gather in front of the Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Ctr) at 1350 Mass. Ave. Cambridge(very close to the Harvard Square Red Line MBTA stop and next to Au Bon Pain), starting at 5 pm, this Friday, 4/18. You’re invited to join us! The Facebook event is here.
Please phone and email Harvard’s Director of Labor and Employee Relations, William Murphy, at (617) 496-9193, email@example.com. Suggested message: “It is reprehensible that HUMS management continues to harass HUCTW member Johany Pilar. I demand you use your influence to arrange a transfer for Johany into an at least comparable position. End the culture of victim-blaming and retaliation at Harvard!”
Geoff Carens, Union Rep, HUCTW
Delegate, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
* Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers / AFSCME Local 3650
** Harvard University Mail Services